DAP Symbols Missing in GE13..??

This is extracted from an internet portal at 12.58am

SAMSUNG TECHWIN DIGIMAX-410DAP to contest under PAS, PKR tickets

      Posted on 19 April 2013 – 12:58am

Alyaa Alhadjri, Michelle Chun and Dorothy Cheng

 KUALA LUMPUR (April 18, 2013): DAP will not be able to use its rocket symbol in the coming general election, following two letters issued by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) on Wednesday – just three days before nomination – which in effect render the party’s office-bearers impotent.

As a consequence, the DAP at an emergency meeting last night had decided it will contest under the PAS logo in the peninsula and the PKR logo in East Malaysia unless the Registrar of Societies (ROS) revokes its April 17 letter which de-recognised the party’s office-bearers by 3pm today.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng told an emotionally charged press conference after the central executive committee (CEC) meeting held at its headquarters that the ROS issuance of the letter is a politically motivated move intended at “sabotaging” DAP’s chance in the upcoming polls.

“By not recognising the CEC office-bearers elected on Dec 15 (2012), I have no power to issue authorisation letters to DAP candidates to use the rocket symbol, in my official capacity as secretary-general.

“There is no point in relying on assurances given by the Election Commission (EC) that DAP can still use our rocket symbol when it possesses a sad record of broken promises,” said an incensed Lim.

“We will not surrender … It is a battle of survival. How do we explain to the voters why we need to contest using another party’s logo?” said Lim who at one point was holding back tears.

Also present were DAP chairman Karpal Singh and party supremo Lim Kit Siang who both admitted to being deeply affected by the decision to not contest under the rocket symbol as they had done in past elections.

“It is a sad and traumatic (feeling) but we are being forced into this situation.

“The rocket is deeply entrenched in DAP’s psyche,” said Karpal.

Kit Siang also admitted to shedding tears over the possibility that the party may not be able to contest under its own banner for the first time in its 48-year history. He also described the decision as a “high-risk” move which the party is willing to take.

The ROS has informed the DAP that the official inquiry into complaints over its CEC, which was to be heard today, had been postponed to May 9.

This, in effect, leaves the DAP leadership issue in limbo until then.

Karpal had on Wednesday said the party’s election returning officer Pooi Weng Keong and election strategist Ong Kian Meng were to attend a hearing by ROS on the alleged irregularities yesterday.

ROS stated in its letter it could de-register DAP as a political party following official complaints that non-CEC members had attended a CEC meeting, and that 753 delegates had either not received their ballot papers at least 10 days in advance, or at all.

Lim said there should be no issue of de-registration, judgment or action before the ongoing probe and official inquiry are completed.

DAP’s Pakatan Rakyat partners immediately offered to assist the party.

“On behalf of PAS, I am ready to sign any letter needed by a DAP candidate,” said PAS secretary-general Mustafa Ali.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution echoed the support, saying PKR’s top leadership had no issue in helping DAP.

“PAS and PKR are our loyal partners and we really thank them for standing by us and helping us out in this time of crisis,” said Lim, adding if DAP candidates do not receive authorisation from another party to use its symbol, they would have to contest as independents, which the DAP will not accept.

On a news report yesterday that Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz had given the green light for DAP to contest under its own symbol, Kit Siang said it needs to be in black and white for the party to consider such a move.

“We will not take the risk of banking our entire election campaign on verbal promises by the EC, especially when we received the faxed letter less than 48 hours before nomination day.

“However, behind every crisis, there is an opportunity. We hope the people can see that dirty underhand tactics are being used.”

Meanwhile, CEC member Gobind Singh Deo pointed out that the CEC referred to by the ROS was appointed on Dec 15 last year, whereas a new CEC had, in fact, been appointed on Jan 4 this year after the party was contacted by the ROS.

“DAP has all this while been in communication with the ROS over the complaints raised, so the letter comes as a surprise.

ROS director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Othma in a statement issued late Thursday evening said however that the party has not been de-registered and can still use its symbol for the general election.

10 thoughts on “DAP Symbols Missing in GE13..??

  1. 2012 hope says:

    It’s candidates who are contesting most logo,msians are 50 years behind political maturity.

    To what degree and level can these posters, banners and flags help in campaigns in this high Tech world.Are majority of Msians still illiterate as in 50 s and dont know who are contesting ?

    Msians prefer Styles Over Substance. Semua mesti Grand and Big.Wasteful.

    Mindset and mentality still lagging behind and trapped at Kampung level.

  2. 2012 hope says:

    After this election, the only 2 Wakil Rakyat left in SPDP are Tiong,MP and Mawan Adun.

    Sooner or later SPDP will just varnish like SNAP.

    • Awang Samiun says:

      Thats UMNO miscalculation. They thought that by their action will stop DAP. Instead it helps galvanise PKR and PAS to unite in aiding DAP. Thats whats PR is. Who would have thought that DAP will also be using the moon logo ! Even those fence sitters are now throwing their lot with PR. Even in the last hours to nomination day BN is shooting themselves at their foot! Just proof that how incompetence is Najib leading the pack!

  3. Chess Master says:

    In the face of a crisis, DAP knows how to maximized it to their advantage. In West Malaysia, Pas is seen to be well respected and accepted by both the non-muslims and muslims. By using PAS symbol the Malays will be drawn to it. whereas in Christians majority Sarawak and Sabah, Pas is seen as a muslims party and yet to be accepted, so to use PKR symbols will allayed the fear that DAP is a chinese party. I believe LKS knows it will be a blessing for him in Gelang Patah. The Chinese are mature voters, no matter what symbol they already made up their mind whom to vote. The rural Malay are more simple minded, so by using PAS symbols LKS will surely get some much needed extra votes. Head- DAP/PR win, Tail- DAP/PR win. Smart move. BN-Checkmate.

  4. 2012 hope says:

    I would suggest winnie to organises another Best Friends forever 1 Malaysia Moive at newly launched Cityone GSC, Kuching

  5. 2012 hope says:

    Birds of the same feather flock together UMNO bersekongkol dengan Perkasa,

    BN gives way to IbrahimAli of Perkasa to contest in Pasir Mas and endorsed Racist Islamic hardliner PKR expel Zul Noordin in Sham Alam. What say you MCA MIC and Gerakan ?

    They call you pendatangs,prostitutes,beggars and ask you to leave if you are not happy here in Msia. Put in more efforts to campaign for these 2 candidates endorsed by your partners.Good luck

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